Meet the Staff

Chaplain

Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, Th.M.

Ralph grew up in the Lutheran tradition and knew he wanted to be a pastor from a very early age. He was ordained in 1978 after studies in the humanities at the University of Regina and theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. In 1986 he completed a journalism degree at Carleton University, Ottawa and began working as an adult educator in United Church of Canada settings.

For the decade of the 1990s Ralph worked in the Canadian HIV/AIDS sector in community based organizations and treatment services.

In 2000 Ralph returned to the study of theology, completing a Th.M. at Toronto School of Theology (U of T) in 2004. He also became a United Church of Canada minister in 2004, and began his half-time position as ECUT chaplain.

Ralph loves the stimulating environment of the university setting, and is committed to the notion that faith-based perspectives enrich and deepen the learning and research experience in a multi-faith, pluralistic university.

Throughout his student years campus ministry was a key influence in Ralph’s spiritual formation. He is delighted to be able to work in university chaplaincy now, and hopes he can be as helpful to members of the U of T communities as other chaplains have been to him in the past.

Associate Chaplain

Jeanette Unger, M.T.S.

Growing up as a daughter of Mennonite pastors in a small rural community in Saskatchewan, the world of faith has surrounded her in many different ways. A high school world religions class sparked a further curiosity about questions of faith and spirituality. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theology at Canadian Mennonite University (1997), a B.A. in social development studies from the University of Waterloo (2001), and she received her M.T.S from Emmanuel College (2006). She did a

pastoral internship in a small church in southern Manitoba and was the chaplain for young adults at Naramata Centre in British Columbia in 2006.

Jeanette has a deep interest in exploring faith, growing spiritually, developing the art of holy listening, and being a just and compassionate presence in a hurting world.  She also enjoys swimming, camping, making chocolate chip cookies, organic gardening, and biking around Toronto.